“It is said that at conception the spirit of man has the purpose of his life whispered into his ear as he passes through the heavenly gateway into life.”

This text extends an invitation to traverse the many layers and plunge into the richness that exists within the depths of each acupuncture point. The body of this work is individual page explorations for 361 acupuncture points – taoist tales that illuminate the subtle nuances that can be tapped into during treatments.

From the physical, to the psycho-emotional and spiritual application, this text provides a foundational reference guide for any practitioner who wishes to expand their application and deepen their connection with these portals into the body.

The structure supporting the body of the text begins with an introduction into 5 Element Acupuncture where Kaatz gently opens the doors into this ancient alchemical world. She then outlines the bones of the treatment approach: clearing invasive energy, draining aggressive energy, removing blocks to energy, supporting the spirit and treating the elemental imbalance.

The extraordinary meridians are then introduced and discussed in their role as the primal source of energy that can assist from a root level in the rebalancing of the 12 normal meridians. Ren Mai begins this section and we are treated to the beautiful brush stroke calligraphies of Harrison Xinshi Tu as the etymology of these kanji comes under discussion. Ren, for example is a person balancing belongings on a bamboo pole while receiving the Qi of heaven and earth that enables them to carry their life in a balanced way. The Du Mai is etymologically considered the ‘staircase to heaven’ with the lower points assisting with inner vitality and as the points progress upwards they help us to connect with our spirit. The character of Du is depicted as a younger brother or uncle and an eye, and thus as a relative who looks out for the family’s best interests. This form of ‘story-telling’ evokes the rich cultural heritage of East-Asian Medicine and, from a personal standpoint, deeply awakens the connection I experience to specific points.

The 12 meridians are then outlined through an examination of the sensory qualities of each element and are presented one per page. The poetry of Lao Tsu appears at the closure of each meridian chapter, gently nudging the gates of the rational mind ever a little more ajar..

The final chapter deeply illuminates the application of points into treatments. Clusters of points from each element are examined in combinations and progressions that support a person’s spirit and provide healing for specific elemental imbalances. Case studies with their natural complexities are provided for each element and function to ground the strategies needed to put these teachings into use. Kaatz returns to the source in the closing pages of her book by outlining personal treatments through a healing cycle nourishing the practitioner’s own energy.

Available from CHINA BOOKS www.chinabooks.com.au

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